Arab U.N. delegates circulate draft on Goldstone


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arab delegates circulated a draft resolution requiring U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to bring the Goldstone report before the Security Council.

The resolution was floated Monday ahead of a Wednesday’s scheduled meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, which is scheduled to debate the report accusing Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during last winter’s Gaza war

The resolution calls on Israel and the Palestinians to initiate independent investigations into the alleged war crimes, the French news agency AFP reported, and requires Ban, secretary-general of the United Nations, to report back to the General Assembly on the progress of the resolution in three months.

General Assembly resolutions are nonbinding.

Meanwhile, a joint French and British initiative in the United Nations would call on Israel to initiate independent probes into the war crimes allegations from the Gaza war, while at the same time preventing the report from being sent to the Security Council or to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

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